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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 18, 2011 4:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 - Europe vs. July through December?

I think I slightly prefer the Europe tour, due to Pigpen's presence. His loss really hurt the sets, as many of the best jamming tunes (and the added variety) left their repertoire. So late-'72 tilts a little heavily towards country-Dead. Europe shows also tend to have the edge in sound quality.
That said, late '72 has some compensations. Playing in the Band expands tremendously; Bird Song returns to the repertoire; He's Gone transforms from a quick ditty into an epic.
My memory may be off here, but there seems to be a happier vibe in the Europe shows than in late '72, particularly after Sept. Many of those Nov/Dec jams are rather dark & demented....not sure if it was a mood thing, a conscious stylistic choice, or just pursuing the muse where it took them, but the music did seem to get more intense as the year went on.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: May 18, 2011 4:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 - Europe vs. July through December?

I go for dark and demented, so maybe that's why I slightly prefer those jams. I agree that there's a sunnier feel to Europe Dark Stars.